Vote November 5th

The millage renewal is critical to maintaining our school foundation allowance. Without this renewal BPS stands to lose over $500,000 in funding this year. That loss will compound in subsequent years. Please support Great Schools and Great Communities by supporting the BPS Millage Proposal. Learn more by exploring the information on this website or at the BPS website here. Thank you!

18 Mills Part of State Funding Formula

Every school district in the State is dependent upon collecting 18 mills on all commercial properties. That formula determines what the state contribution to schools will be, regardless of whether it’s collected or not; this is why every district in the state levy’s the millage. See how this works in Birmingham School District in the video.

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Explainer Videos

Quick videos to summarize what’s being asked and why it’s a good thing to support this proposal for Brimingham Public Schools. ZERO increase in homeowner tax rates!

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Ballot Proposal

An overview of the Replacement Operating Millage Proposal (Renewal!).

The Big Picture

Why is this important to do now and what’s it mean for ongoing operational budgets.

For Homeowners!

Even if you don’t have children in the schools, this proposal is important for you!

There are nine communities that comprise the Birmingham Public School District. It is only through your continued support that we can fulfill the mission and the objectives of the new strategic plan. Click on map to see your community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

On November 5, 2019 voters in the Birmingham Public School District will be asked to renew the existing operating millage and return the commercial millage to the state formula of 18 mills.  With this approval the millage is extended to 2028 and WILL NOT increase any homestead taxes.

The panels below summarize the most frequently asked questions (click panel to open individually).

If you’d like to download a full version of the FAQ please click here.

What's being requested?

School Operating Millage 

All Michigan school district operations are funded through a mixture of local and state millages. This proposal will replace, restore and extend the BPS operating millage.

RESTORE the 18 mill Commerical/non-homestead rate
REPLACE the authorized limit to 21 mills on commercial/non-homestead property to ensure the district can levy 18 mills as assumed by state funding formulas
EXTEND the voter approved homestead millage rate of 14.24 mills through 2028.

NO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

Click here to download a pdf of frequently asked questions

Why Renew Now?

The November Election

By electing to appear on the November ballot  the district was able to add the measure to the General Election ballot cycle and save the costs associated with a regular or special school election process at a different date.

What are revenues used for?

Running the Schools

The money the district receives from the Operating Millage (the Commerical/Non-homestead, and the Homestead) as well as State revenues supports the day-to-day operations of the school district, including salaries for teachers and staff. Local revenues represent approximately 54% ($52.45 million) of the overall General Fund budget.

Why is a vote needed?

State Law

Under state law, school operating millage authority expires periodically. For BPS to continue to receive the full State Foundation Allowance for each student, this millage must be reauthorized from time to time. This millage was last approved in 2016.

Where do I vote?

Find your voting location

Election day is Tuesday, November 5th. Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. You can find your voting location through the State of Michigan website:

Why is the ballot language so complex?

Legal Requirements

The language is strictly controlled by state requirements. It must conform to established structure and content. However, the goal is simple: keep funding millage at current levels. This authorization will merely enable the district to continue to collect the full per pupil amount allowed under Proposal A. As part of the proposal, voters will have the opportunity to reauthorize the levy of up to 14.24 mills on homesteads for general operating purposes for the next 10 years. Currently, the district levies 7.1948 mills on homesteads.

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What are the benefits for residents without children?
According to realtor statistics, the quality of a school district’s programs and the condition of its facilities are two factors that people consider when choosing where to purchase a home.  Realtors in the District’s communities agree that people are drawn to the Birmingham area because of the strong academic foundation our schools offer.  The District  continues to provide a rigorous academic experience along with a focus on character education and service learning as noted in our Strategic Plan.  Renewing the existing millage rate ensures continued preservation of class size and excellence in programming.

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No Increase In Tax Rate

Zero rate increase for homesteads, and return to state formula of 18 mills for Commerical/non-homestead properties.  All schools in Michigan are funded with local and state millages. The Commerical 18 mill levy provides approximately $2,720 per full time student. The BPS community is grateful for the continued support of the hold harmless homestead millage which represents an additional $3,877.23 per full time student (it’s been the same dollar amount per student amount since 1994). The bar graph adjacent to this text shows the support our community has provided in the prior renewal election.

Prior Millage Election Results

  • Yes Votes 76.22% 76.22%
  • No Votes 23.78% 23.78%

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